As the Stanislaus County Fair opened its gates Friday for the 105th anniversary of the event, Central Valley residents gathered to partake in the sights, sounds, tastes and memories that can only be found at the fair.
A hospital CEO, school board trustee and representatives of Turlock's police and fire departments will soon trip the light fantastic while trying to raise money for local nonprofits as part of the 2016 Dancing With the Turlock Stars event.
There are a number of signs that Turlock is finally turning the corner on economic recovery. The downtown is bustling with shoppers and diners. New companies are breaking ground at the City's industrial park and longtime Turlock businesses are expanding their operations.
July in the Central Valley is always a hot prospect. While nowhere near as hot as last week's record 104 to 106 degree temperatures, the thermometer will hover around the 90 degree mark as the Stanislaus County Fair makes its 2016 debut on Friday.
As the summer progresses and more people turn to the outdoors, the area's mosquito abatement districts are reminding residents that West Nile Virus is a serious threat in the region and precautions should be taken to avoid the potentially deadly bites of mosquitoes.
Nearly 12,000 community members lined Main Street in Turlock on Monday as the city celebrated the nation's birthday with its annual Fourth of July Downtown Parade. Visitors saw a number of new sights in Turlock for the holiday, including the first time that a Stanislaus State president has participated in the parade and the revival of the car show.
Come Monday night the warm July sky will sparkle and twinkle with fireworks all around Turlock neighborhoods, and the Turlock Fire Department wants to remind residents to only use those that are legally permitted in the city.
Turlock residents driving along Countryside Drive may have noticed the assemblage of buildings that are being constructed as part of the latest Monte Vista Crossings expansion. The final phases of development, Monte Vista Crossings South and Countryside at Tuolumne, will make local shoppers happy as over 80,000 square feet of retail will be added to the space.
From coast-to-coast, people from all over the United States will be celebrating the coming holiday with friends, family and of course lots of fireworks. This Independence Day weekend provides the unique added bonus of a three-day weekend, meaning more time to enjoy visiting loved ones and another day off from work.